Saturday, March 05, 2011

Modern Basics book review and giveaway

Welcome to the end of the line of Amy's blog book tour!
Amy and I go waaaaay back! Well I like to think we do. I remember "meeting" her because I think we were both fairly new to the crafty-blogging scene and she was one of the first blogging friends I made. And a few months later when I visited Utah, I emailed her to see if she wanted to meet up and hang out. I remember her telling me her husband was worried I was some crazy person who may or may not be trusted. Little did he (or we) know the online sewing community is full of such niceness! And that more than 2 years later we would still be good friends!  It has also been fun to quilt with her in an online quilting bee.  And I can't talk about Amy here without acknowledging her part in inspiring Sew & Tell!

If you haven't heard yet, Amy has written a book!

I was so excited to see the book in person.  It is chock full of simple sophisticated quilt designs that even the earliest beginner could tackle.  The first page of each pattern has a photo of the quilt laying flat, supply lists, clear cutting instructions and suggestions for different sizes.
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I love this window pane effect!
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I've always loved a postage stamp quilt and this variation doesn't dissapoint.
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This is the first project I have earmarked to make from the book!
 
I asked Amy a few questions so we could all get to know her a little better.
How and when did you learn to sew?
I learned to sew from my mom and 4-H.  Mom is left handed, and didn't want to teach me backward.  I was 10 when I started, and haven't stopped except for a few years in college.
What is your favorite thing about quilting?
I really love all of it, but my favorite is finishing the binding.  My husband has watched me lay a corner out, and see the first finished corner. Watching it be finished, is magic!

What is your favorite non-quilt thing to sew?
Bags!  I like to think up my own shapes/patterns and sew a new bag for each season.

What or who inspired you to start this book writing project?
As I started sewing more and more quilts, I was looking for simple and interesting patterns that could be finished easily in a week or two, instead of a month or year.  I wasn't finding them, and started sketching my ideas, which eventually turned into a book proposal.

Is there any sewing project or skill that intimidates you?
I'm not an expert at applique, but I don't let it intimidate me!  I keep trying it in small doses to gain the experience.

What is your biggest hurdle in completing projects?
Like any of you...TIME!  There's always a project, or two, on my brain waiting for the time.

What is your biggest asset in completing projects?
I'm very systematic in my approach, this helps keep me organized, and makes it easy for me to pick up where I left off. 

Are you indeed, superwoman? ;)
Hahaha, no.  I wish.

Fruit or Chocolate?
Chocolate - for sure!
Naps or sewing?
I wish my kids still napped!  I rarely nap, and much prefer to sew with my free time.

Thanks so much Amy for letting me a part of your tour! You can check out the rest of the blog tour posts here - there may still be giveaways open to enter! And if you are too impatient to find out if you win a copy, you can always purchase a copy here.

Amy has offered up a copy of her book to one of you!
To enter:  Leave me a comment telling me how long you have been sewing and if you have ever finished a quilt.  
Giveaway ends Tuesday March 8, winner announced on Wednesday! Make sure you leave an email in your comment if you are a no-reply blogger.  Winner will be drawn by random.org.
I love finding things out about you guys!  Good Luck!

249 crafty mcCrafters commented:

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mozarks said...

I truly can't remember when I started sewing because I can't remember a time I wasn't. My mom was also a quilter and I'm sure when I was small I must have been right there beside her watching and learning.
Yes, I have finished a quilt ... many!

Elizabeth said...

My mom taught me to sew at about age 9. I have made three quilts in about the last year and have another almost three tops done and ready to be quilted. Thanks for the giveaway!

paulette said...

I would love to win this gorgeous book...thanks so much for the chance! I have been quilting for almost 10 years and have completed tons of quilts...don't know how many??
Take care and thanks again!
Paulette

Dawn said...

I just started sewing in January. It was one of my New Year's resolutions, and now I can't stop!! I've finished a few quilted table runners, they're the perfect size to practice piecing and quilting. I'm cutting and piecing blocks for a couple full size quilts now...hopefully I'll finish them sometime this year. ;)

Andrea said...

I've been sewing since I was in the 4th grade when I took lessons at the Rag Shop! It was just me and 4 other "seasoned" ladies. But I LOVED it! I didn't start quilting til 4 years ago when I moved away to go to college and I haven't stopped since. I have completed 3 quilts and countless little projects. I mostly make gifts to give away to friends and family members. But I love it!

abe814@gmail.com

Diane said...

Love the book!! I've been sewing about 40 years ...ouch! that makes me kinda old ... I started making quilts about 10 years ago & I have made many. Most are complete but I do have quite a few left to finish :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Happyme said...

I have been sewing about 42 years, ever since I was a young girl. My first quilts, about 30 years ago were mostly quilted by hand, and took me 3 years to finish. I have since resorted to machine quilting, either by myself or off to a long arm quilter if the quilt is very large or I want a specific pattern on it.I don't trust myself enough with free motion quilting sometimes. This book looks like it has fabulous patterns that I would like to try.
sraymer1@cox.net

Dianne M. said...

I've been sewing since 7th Grade (Home Ec). That was 49 years ago! I have finished several quilts - some baby gifts - and ONE wall hanging quilt! Some I've made in collaboration with my daughter - a truly modern quilter who is teaching this out-dated seamstress a few things!

Tiffany said...

I "officially" started sewing about a year ago when my husband went to china for three weeks and I needed something to occupy myself. Since then I have FINISHED 6 quilts!

Carla said...

I learned to sew back when I was younger but then didn't do any sewing for about 10 years. Since I picked it up again, it's been about 2 years. I haven't finished a quilt yet, cause I'm just cutting out my first one - a coin quilt. Then I'm going to attempt quilts for my twin boys beds. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of Amy's new quilt book - it looks awesome! :)

mamabug said...

I learned how to sew in high school, home economics class, sewed nightgowns, pj's and dresses for my daughters when they were small and didn't complain about my lousy skills. I took an adult ed class in quilting (hand sewing mostly) and then about 5 years later, approx 10 years ago really got serious again!! I'm so glad I did :)k.bugbee@att.net

craftytammie said...

i have been sewing for 25 years! but i started quilting two years ago - and i am obsessed now :) i have finished a few baby quilts, and currently am binding my largest quilt yet, a lap quilt. i have a twin size top to quilt next.

Kimberly Ann Petersen said...

This looks like a great book! I've been sewing since I was tiny (maybe six or seven?), but didn't take it too seriously until a few years ago. I've only finished small quilts, but just started on my first real bed-sized quilt! Thanks for the giveaway--I'd love to win this one!

Dresden Quilter said...

I have been sewing for over 18 years and have finished many quilts. Amy's is one of the first blogs I started reading and I am so happy that she has her own book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Chelsea said...

I've been sewing since I was about 5, so.. 32 years now. Ugh, does that mean it's taken me 32 years to finish 4 quilts?

Kristen said...

I am loving the what I've seen of this book. I really want to get my hands on one. I have been sewing for about 10 years. I machine piece and hand quilt. I have made 4 queen-king size quilts and more baby quilts than I can remember.

Paula said...

I started sewing about 2 years ago and am learning with tutorials and of course trial and error :) I'm currently making my first quilt; the top is almost finished and I'm loving it. Thanks for the giveaway!
ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

Nancy B said...

I have been sewing for a looooong time, but have only completed quilted projects, i.e. jacket, table runners. I'm still waiting to finish an entire quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to win Amy's book. I can be reached at nbtay@sbcglobal.net

Jenny said...

I started sewing when I was a little kid. My mom has always been a super productive sewist and crafter. As an adult, I didn't sew for many years, but took it up again seriously after having a baby 3 years ago. I have finished 3 quilts so far and I'm antsy to start another one.

Thanks for this great giveaway! I can't wait to check this book out.

jennybartoy at gmail

B & A Cook said...

I have been sewing since my mom taught me in my early teens and have picked up quilting through my Mother-in-Law, Barbara (of Burch Creek Quilts) over the last 10 yrs, finishing about 15 quilts. I love it but find time to do it lacking. I enjoy reading your journey.

Amanda
boyscook3@yahoo.com

JanetK said...

Thanks for hosting the blog tour for this book! I hope I win a copy!!

Sara's stampin cards said...

I have been sewing since I was in high school (just had my 20 year reunion last summer).
I just got a new sewing machine yesterday and finished my first quilt at Christmas for my niece. My other niece is ready for hers now! So I better get crackin!
Love your site!
Thanks!

Janet said...

I have sewn since my teens and I am now 51. I have finished many quilts and hope to finish many more!

littlebitty said...
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littlebitty said...

've been sewing since I was in my teens...so about 15 years...geeze, I'm getting old!

I have made about 6 quilts, I think, and currently have one I am making for my bed, and one top I'm not sure if I'll ever finish! :)

dvdenter(at) gci (dot) net

Anonymous said...

I started sewing just under a year ago. So far I've sewn lots of dresses for my daughter and I'm getting on with a hexagon quilt for her as well - just about to start sewing all the hexagons together. I've also just planned and cut out fabric for my first two quilts. Looking forward to getting started! Thanks for the giveaway.

Deborah in Atlanta said...

I started sewing when my granddaughter was born in July 2005. I'm not very good at quilting, and it's been a struggle. I can't say I even have a "favorite" part other than the fact that I can finally say, "Thank God I finished that!" But my birthday is in May, so I was born under Taurus the Bull, and I truly am bullheaded. And yes, I have finished a quilt. In fact, I've finished three of them. My favorite? A t-shirt quilt. I'd loev to win this book - maybe something in it will inspire me to make yet another quilt. And maybe I could fall in love with quilting. dmj53(at)hotmail(dot)com

Li de Liége said...

Fazia quilts a mão, mas tenho muitas dores nos dedos e começei a fazer à máquinha. Amo colchas... Obeigada pela oportunidade.
liége
liloca11@gmail.com

Quilt+Bitch said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this exciting new book. I have been sewing for 5 years and I have finished numerous quilts, from small wall hangings to a king size quilt. I can see from the shots that this book is a must have for quilter's. Thanks again.

~The Bargain Babe said...

I started sewing in Jr High but then never did again until just now (years later....I refuse to say exactly how many. lol)

I have finished one quilt. :)

Crystal said...

I have been sewing on and off for the last 13 years, but seriously for the last 3. I have finished 3 or 4 baby quilts, but have not finished a bigger quilt yet. I have one in process of being quilted, and two that need to be sandwiched. Somehow the big ones intimidate me. I seem to like piecing better than quilting.

Bonnie said...

I have been piecing quilts for about 7 years. I haven't gotten brave enough to try quilting them. I have finished quite a few small quilts for Linus.

Tiffani said...

Hi there! Ive been sewing about a year, and just finished my first baby quilt. In the process I realized I need directions.... good, carefully thought out directions. This book looks like a winner!

Amanda said...

I started sewing when I was 8 or 9 and I have never completed a quilt but i have started 2 - a queen sized & a baby quilt.

Aimee, well it's not about me... said...

that book looks very cool, i've got it in my amazon wishlist already! my grandma taught me to sew in high school, so mmmm20+yearsago.... i've finished a few quilts, but not as many as i have still as UFOs!
dharia.mcgrew@gmail.com

Katie said...

I've only been sewing for a little over a year...after getting my machine for Christmas last year! I have never finished a quilt, in fact I've never even started a quilt! But I want to :)

Anna said...

I was 19 when I made my first quilt - so it's been nearly 14 years. I've finished many quilts but am new to machine quilting.

anna(dot)seckmanATgmail(dot)com

Chancy said...

I have been quilting for 5 or so years and have finished five baby quilts and one queen sized quilt. I have lots of WIPs and lists and lists of quilts I want to try.

p1aceboeffect said...

I've been sewing for 20 years but just started trying out quilts. I haven't finished on yet but I have quilted a rug mug. Baby steps.

jennhgray at gmail dot com

jennifer said...

I'm very new to sewing. The book looks amazing. Thanks

Mirja said...

I have been sewing for probably about 30 years, but only quilting for about 3. I have finished 5 quilts.

bethgraced said...

I have been sewing since I was 7 or 8 and finished a doll quilt when I was around 15. Since then I took a long hiatus and have rediscovered my love of sewing and have now finished a baby quilt for my cousin and have three more in progress! Thanks for all your hard work on the blog!
My email is bethgraced at gmail dot com.

ambermagee said...

I really like the simple and beautiful quilts in her book! Was nice to read that we all started out on the same level!
I started quilting when I became a mom.I have finished 8 quilts, for family and friends I'm currently working on Belgian Waffles by Moda Bake Shop (http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/03/swanky-turnover-quilt.html) for my daughter's 7th birthday this weekend. I love your blog and quilting style! Thanks for having me!Can't wait to get this book, wether I win it or not :)

Michelle T said...

I have been sewing since 6 years old (handsewing at first, taught by my mom). One of my earliest projects was 2 tiny handsewn quilts, for each one of my Barbie's beds...they were orange and burgundy (and quite ugly compared to my taste today) but I was very proud just the same. Today I fit my hobby into my busy family life with 2 toddlers!

Lauren said...

I've been sewing since I was about 8. I liked sewing my dolls clothes. I've finished4 quilts so far and am working on a 5th.

Stacia said...

I've been sewing for a year and I have finished 3 baby quilts - working on my first twin.

Liz said...

I have been sewing for 4 years and have finished 4 quilts- 3 were baby-size so alot less work!

Marci Girl said...

I started sewing around the age of 5 (really really simple stuff) and haven't stop since! Lovely giveaway!

Quiltsmiles said...

Hi Amy,
I'd love the chance to win this book. I've been sewing for ever (about 45 years, I started at age 7!) and yes, I have successfully finished quite a few quilts. Still have more to finish as well as start, so this book would be handy.

Jane

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